Betawatch: Here comes Crowfall’s beta


Five years since its Kickstarter, Crowfall is finally entering beta next week! That’s good news for backers and even better for MMO PvP fans looking for something to keep them occupied for the rest of the summer. Elsewhere in beta-land…

Read on for the complete list of MMOs in various levels of testing that we’ve got our eye on.

As always, we consider an MMO to be in open testing if it features free, public signups and will server wipe prior to launch. An MMO is marked in closed testing if it’s running a private test phase that cannot freely be accessed by the general public; it’s usually under NDA as well. Early access and crowdfunded MMOs whose tests we deem legitimate will be included. So-called “open beta” soft-launch MMOs with cash shops, no sign of launch in the west, or limited interest for our readers will not be listed; we also do not list expansions, with occasional exceptions.

AdventureQuest 3D: Open beta
Arcfall: Pre-alpha
Ashes of Creation: Alpha one
Book of Travels: Closed beta
Camelot Unchained: Closed beta one
Children of Ur: Open alpha, further development merged with Eleven
Craftopia: Closed alpha
Crowfall: Backer alpha
Crucible: Closed beta
Cube World: Closed beta since September 23rd
Dauntless: Open beta
Dark and Light: Early access
Dual Universe: Alpha, with beta coming August 2020
ECO: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Elyon: Korean beta (fka Ascent Infinite Realm)
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Kurtzpel: Closed beta
Gloria Victis: Early access on Steam
Guardians of Ember: Open beta
Hearthstone Battleground Mode: Open beta
Inferna: Early access
Life is Feudal: Early access
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
Magic: Legends: Closed alpha 2; beta testing in 2020
Mortal Online 2: Closed alpha
New World: Closed testing, launch pushed to 2021
Occupy White Walls: Early access
Osiris: New Dawn: Open beta
Outlaws of the Old West: Early access
Pantheon: Backer pre-alpha
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
Population Zero: Early access
Project Genom: Closed alpha, servers offline for restructuring with SpatialOS
Project Gorgon: Early access beta
Prosperous Universe: Early access
Saga of Lucimia: Closed alpha
SamuTale: Closed alpha
Ship of Heroes: Alpha
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Temtem: Early access
The Black Death: Early access alpha
The Cycle: Alpha, weekly test cycle
The Repopulation: Early access alpha
Torchlight III: Early access
Valiance Online: Alpha
Wild Terra 2: Intermittent beta
WoW Shadowlands: Beta
Zenith: Alpha

Yes, MMO gamers, you too can perform the unpaid quality-control work otherwise known as game testing! Check out Massively Overpowered’s Betawatch every week for a run-down of MMOs that are still on the road to launch, even if they appear to have set up a permanent residence in a shed called early access.

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Crowfall seems to abandon exactly those elements of an MMO that are most important to me: persistent virtual world, story/lore, etc.

But it sure is an interesting new take on the MMO formula, somewhere between full-blown virtual world MMO and MOBA / battle royale. I hope the game will be successful and many people will enjoy it. Just not something for me, it seems.

Kickstarter Donor

It was always meant to be a reincarnation of Shadowbane and so well off the beaten path and something different. Mind you I’m not sure why you think it doesn’t have a persistent virtual world… unless you mean that you don’t like the aspect of crows eventually winning an instance and joining another? As I guess it’s really a persistent universe that your character is in rather than a single world. The main reason for this is that one of the largest problems in Shadowbane was that eventually you’d have the large guilds take everyone out… and then have large battles until there is only one… and now the game is at a dead standstill.

As a big fan of AC/DAoC/Shadowbane I *really* do hope it is successful as well heh.

Jo Watt

Because the only persistent area will be the Kingdom. So they are right that there will not be a persistent world like normal. The campaigns will last x amount of time before that world is wiped and then a new one starts. With several campaigns going at once.

Kickstarter Donor

Yeah like I said it’s really a persistent universe and not world so I get that, since your character moves to another campaign world to continue. Mind you I’m really not sure what the difference is there as really you’re just playing a different campaign world with the same characters and guild.


I’ve no idea what Crowfall beta means, but if its not too much and means I can play without a schedule, I’ll waste some money.